POGO workers in Paranaque preparing to transfer to Cavite

June 24, 2020

THOUSANDS of Chinese nationals in an upper-middle class subdivision in Paranaque City are now preparing to transfer to a 20-hectare Philippine Offshore Gaming Operation (POGO) City in Cavite to address the complaints of Filipinos over the reported unruly behavior of some Chinese tenants.

Multinational Village Homeowners Association Inc. (MVHAI) president Arnel Gacutan said there are around 2,000 Chinese and Taiwanese working in POGOs in Parananque never return to their country after they were stranded here when the national government imposed a nationwide lockdown last March.

Gacutan said numerous Chinese nationals, who are renting residential houses and condo units in the Multinational Village, were retrenched when five POGOs and at least 10 local service providers closed down recently after their companies suffered financial difficulties due to pandemic.

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has granted two licenses for the establishment of two POGO hubs in Clark, Pampanga and Kawit, Cavite, to be operated by offshore gaming firm Oriental Game.

The POGO hub in Cavite can accommodate 20,000 workers while the 10-hectare facility in Clark can accommodate 5,000 employees. Orient Game is investing P8 billion for the Cavite project.

Gacutan, the increase in number of Chinese nationals in Multinational Village started in 2017 when the POGO offices open on Quirino Avenue and Entertainment City on Macapagal Avenue, Barangay Tambo.

“At that time, there about 3,500 to 4,000 Chinese occupants inside our village. They were renting around 210 big town houses, bungalow, and mansions either owned by Filipino-Chinese or wealthy Filipinos,” he said.

They belied claims by some residents that five Chinese were infected COVID-19. They said it was their front liners manning the gate that was found positive during rapid tests but they all recovered.

Gacutan added that many Chinese nationals who are renting residential houses, commercial buildings and condo units in the subdivision are no longer renewing their contracts with validity until December only.

He said there are only 106 residential houses and commercial buildings that are being occupied by around 1,300 foreigners mostly Chinese nationals, who remain employed in nearby POGO offices.

Meanwhile, three Chinese nationals Zhang Yong, 48; Lai Jin Cheng Yuan, 29; and Yin Yuan Sheng, 33; all billeted at JKL Bldg. Guanzon Street, Bgy Poblacion, were arrested Tuesday afternoon after they turned their rented building into a prostitution den in Makati city.

Earlier, Susan Lim, one of the owners of JKL Building, reported to the police that their building was being utilized by their Chinese tenants as prostitution den.

Makati police head of Station Investigation and Detective Management Section (SIDMS) Maj. Gideon Ines had confirmed the report when they went to the building and discovered showrooms of women at the 8th floor.

Operatives also found several boxes of condoms and sex paraphernalia in other rooms of the building. However, no women were found.

In Pasig City, Chinese national Chen Guanrong, 35, was hogtied and gagged by his former Chinese board mates before taking his P1 million cash in Barangay San, Antonio, Pasig City on Sunday.

Suspects Ling Zeng, Songhui Hong, and Li Maogang remain at large.

With Arlene Rivera